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Unsafe Return

Unsafe Return

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Published by LGBT Asylum News
Justice First report on UK asylum seeker returns to DRC
Justice First report on UK asylum seeker returns to DRC

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Published by: LGBT Asylum News on Dec 04, 2011
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Unsafe Return
Refoulement of Congolese Asylum Seekers
A report compiled byCatherine Ramos
November 2011
Unsafe Return
 All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Secondly, it is violentlyopposed. Third it is accepted as self evident.Arthur Schopenhauer
‘So they say to me, there, you went to a foreign country. You went and said that we don’t respect human rights here. There, you accused us, that the government doesn’t respect human rights, that we do, did things to you when you were detained, and that you were illtreated when you were in the country.And for having said that over there, here, on principle, we have to arrest you.Because there, you betrayed our country, you betrayed our government. So they arrested me, they took me. They took me after, after that, it was an interrogation of several hours.’ (sic) 
Refused Congolese asylum seeker describing his post return arrest in DRC(Translation from French)
Unsafe Return
Acronyms 4Background to report 5Introduction 5UK responsibility towards those fleeing persecution 6Evidence passed to the relevant authorities 7Objectives 10Methodology 11Credibility 13Issues of concern 14Summary of the documented Human Rights violations 16Convention on the Rights of the Child 17
Post return experience
Political affiliation 18Extracts from the interview with Refused Asylum Seeker 17 18Adults 19The post return experience of children 20Inhuman and degrading treatment 22Treatment of women 24Access to detainees 24Interrogation 25Extortion and Ransom 27
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Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office viewpoint 29Unsafe return 31RAS15 IOM voluntary returnee 32Interview with a Congolese Immigration Officer 33Conclusions 34Recommendations 35Acknowledgement 35Appendix A Case of BEACON returnee P 36Appendix B - Additional cases 36

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